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ROC chief: WADA Commission’s report likely to impact Russian 2016 Olympic team

July 25, 15:08 UTC+3
WADA report claims that the method of swapping doped samples for clean urine was used in 643 cases in Russia from 2012 to 2015, involving athletes from 30 sports disciplines
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Russian Olympic Committee Chief Alexander Zhukov

Russian Olympic Committee Chief Alexander Zhukov

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MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. The report by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) may influence the composition of the Russian national team at the Rio Olympics, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Chief Alexander Zhukov said on Monday.

The WADA Independent Commission chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The report claimed that the commission had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

"There are still some lists in the McLaren report that were not published," Zhukov said.

"The report mentions Russian athletes on whom additional information may appear for international federations. Members of international federations are expected to discuss the names of these our athletes and decide what to do in this case," the ROC chief said.

 Eight Russian athletes selected for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro next month had been under doping abuse investigations in the past, Alexander Zhukov said.

"I held bilateral talks with almost each head of the international summer sports federations," Zhukov told journalists. "They [the heads] are currently working on the lists of athletes, who had been involved in doping abuse cases previously. According to my information, there are eight athletes at the issue currently."

The McLaren report claims that the method of swapping doped samples for clean urine was used in 643 cases in Russia from 2012 to 2015, involving athletes from 30 sports disciplines.

Following the commission’s report last week, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

Following a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on Sunday that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

The 31st Summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil on August 5 - 21, 2016.

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